Rajnath Singh, the teacher- turned politician, is returning to government in a seamless journey from a party president, under whose stewardship the BJP has returned to power with highest ever tally.

62-year-old Singh, who steadfastly announced Modi’s name as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate despite opposition from seniors like L K Advani, is going to be one of the trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister Modi with a major say in the functioning of the government.

Singh, a two-term BJP president, rose from a BJP activists in Gorakhpur, where he tought physics in a local college, to Chief Minister of politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and then Transport and Agriculture Minister in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government.

His rise in politics has been gradual and steady during which he had been BJP chief from 2006 to 2009 and earned the reputation of being an able administrator as Union Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow, Singh has emerged from the ranks as a political heavyweight in the party largely due to his proximity to BJP’s spiritual mentor RSS.

After taking over BJP’s reins for the first time from Advani in December 2005, Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on basic Hindutva ideologies and said there would be “no compromise” on building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

However, he not only failed to steer the party to power in the 2009 general elections but BJP’s poll tally dropped by 22 seats compared to 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

Born on July 10, 1951 at Bhabhaura village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district, Singh obtained MSc in physics from Gorakhpur University and was appointed lecturer in the K B Post degree college in Mirzapur in 1971.

Singh’s association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began in 1964 when he was only 13 year old. Even as lecturer he remained attached to RSS.

Rising step by step, he began his political innings with BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1969 as its organising secretary in Gorakhpur and rose to become the secretary of the then Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s Mirzapur unit in 1974.

During the Emergency, Singh joined Jaiprakash Narayan’s movement and was arrested in July 1975 before being released in 1977.

(With inputs from PTI)


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“If state government demands a CBI probe, we are ready for it,” Singh said addressing a ‘Samajik Nyay Sammelan’ in Mau district.

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Sun, Jun 05, 2016

The Home Minister said Pakistan should prove that it was not supporting terrorism by allowing the NIA team to visit Pakistan.

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Sun, May 29, 2016

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"It has not decreased. There should be no doubts on that score. I can only say that the 56-inch chest is there," Singh was quoted as saying.

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“The Ram Mandir issue is not a political, but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. The matter is in the Supreme Court and we are only waiting for the judgment,” Rajnath said.

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Thu, May 26, 2016

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Thu, May 26, 2016

Kejriwal said he has sought time to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss how such incidents could be stopped by working together in the existing system.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

'Dawood will be brought back to India on any condition'

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Sun, May 22, 2016

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Sat, May 21, 2016

“We have also written to various states to ensure that it is completely stopped,” he added.

Investigation agencies have complete autonomy: Rajnath Singh
Sat, May 21, 2016

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Wed, May 11, 2016

Singh said safety, security, dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine the wellbeing and strength of our countries.

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Tue, May 10, 2016

After the death threat letter surfaced, a delegation of top Congress leaders met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today and urged him to beef up Rahul's security.

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Fri, May 06, 2016

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Thu, May 05, 2016

The association has also threatened to stage a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar if the Centre does not re-open the 247 old files relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims within a month.

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Thu, May 05, 2016

Rajanth Singh expressed confidence that there will be no increase in the terror outfit’s activities in India in future too.

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Wed, May 04, 2016

While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention.

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"Three teams of NDRF and three IAF MI-17 helicopters were also engaged to control the situation," said Singh

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Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was the notable exception who could not attend his scheduled chaupal in Rae Bareli.

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